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Nationals’ Ryan Zimmerman Returns – What’s Next?

Photo Credit: districtondeck.com Various reports indicate the Washington Nationals’ Ryan Zimmerman is nearly ready to return to the active roster, just in time to help the team on its post-season run. This team is better than the 2012 model, and Zimmerman’s return makes a strong team stronger. For general manager Mike Rizzo and field manager Matt Williams, this is a delightful...
Via DC Sports-Kings
6 hours ago  |  Discuss

Nationals: The Final Ten Days

Although it sure seemed that way earlier this week, the baseball season is not over. After you wake up from a football fog on Monday morning, the Nationals will be enjoying a well deserved day off. The Nats finish up the regular season with a home stand, seven games in six days, beginning on Tuesday. Adam LaRoche hit a two rum bomb in the first inning on Friday night, powering the...
Via DC Pro Sports Report
6 hours ago  |  Discuss

Marlins edge by Nationals for second straight loss

MIAMI (AP) -- Adam LaRoche hit an early two-run homer to support Doug Fister and lead the NL-leading Washington Nationals to a 3-2 victory over the Miami Marlins on Friday night. Fister (15-6) allowed two runs and five hits in 6 2-3 innings for the Nationals, who have won six of seven. The Nationals (89-64) lead the Dodgers (88-66) by 1 1-2 games for the best record in the league...
Via AP on Fox
8 hours ago  |  Discuss

LaRoche hits 2-run homer, Nats beat Marlins 3-2

MIAMI (AP) Adam LaRoche hit an early two-run homer to support Doug Fister and lead the National League-leading Washington Nationals to a 3-2 win over the Miami Marlins on Friday night. Fister (15-6) allowed two runs and five hits in 6 2-3 innings for the Nationals, who have won six of seven. The Nationals (89-64) lead the Dodgers (88-66) by 1 1-2 games for the best record in the...
Via AP on Fox
9 hours ago  |  Discuss

Marlins edge by Nationals for second straight loss

MIAMI (AP) -- Adam LaRoche hit an early two-run homer to support Doug Fister and lead the NL-leading Washington Nationals to a 3-2 victory over the Miami Marlins on Friday night. Fister (15-6) allowed two runs and five hits in 6 2-3 innings for the Nationals, who have won six of seven. The Nationals (89-64) lead the Dodgers (88-66) by 1 1-2 games for the best record in the league...
Via Fox Sports Florida
9 hours ago  |  Discuss

Nationals Injury Update: Ryan Zimmerman expected back Saturday

Ryan Zimmerman is expected join Washington Nationals in Miami on Saturday if all goes well in his final rehab game, reports Mark Zuckerman of Nats Insider. It's an open question what position the veteran third baseman will play for the NL East champions.Zimmerman played five innings Wednesday afternoon (at first and third), and seven innings as designated hitter on Thursday...
Via MLB Injury News
15 hours ago  |  Discuss

Baseball Meets Golf As Nationals Skipper Plays Fungo Golf

Creating hybrid versions of the traditional golf game seems to be all the rage nowadays. There’s Disc Golf, FootGolf, Hack Golf, and of course Ripped Links to name a few. But here’s one you may not have heard of: Fungo Golf. It consists of a baseball bat, a softball and a flying disk. The goal is to hit the ball into the disk in the least amount of strokes. As crazy as it sounds...
Via Back9Network
16 hours ago  |  Discuss

Kevin Frandsen on importance of home field advantage: "Do you like our fans?" (Video)

And so, with a win  last night in Miami, and a come-from-behind win by the Dodgers over the Cubs, the Nationals maintained their slim lead over LA for best record in the NL and home field advantage for the playoffs. Enjoy the video above of Kevin Frandsen's postgame interview with MASN's Dan Kolko, in which he addresses an obvious question about the importance of home field...
Via Nationals Enquirer
22 hours ago  |  Discuss

Kevin Durant to cheer for the Nationals in the playoffs

Not surprisingly, Kevin Durant showed everyone he was going to be cheering for the Washington Nationals this postseason. It is not surprising that Durant chose the Nationals over the Orioles because he is a well-known Nats fan. Durant even has a curly W tattooed on his stomach. On Tuesday both the Nationals and Orioles clinched their division and secured their spots in the playoffs...
Via DC Sports-Kings
22 hours ago  |  Discuss

A Fun Comparison for Denard Span

I’m an unabashed fan of Denard Span, and for my money, he remains one of the game’s most underrated players. But I’ll admit that when I saw this a few hours ago, even I was surprised. Below, a side by side comparison of Span and Jacoby Ellsbury since the start of the 2012 season. Name […]
Via Fangraphs
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Here’s Kevin Durant In A Washington National’s Jersey

If you are a Wizards fan, then you no doubt have heard of speculation that Kevin Durant could possibly, maybe, potentially (ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE) return home to the DMV in 2016 and play for Washington.  If you haven’t heard this before, than I don’t know why you are reading this post. The above image posted to Durant’s Instagram account certainly won’t quiet the #KD2DC...
Via Blog So Hard Sports
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Kevin Durant has awesome Washington Nationals personalized jersey

For many sports fans, they get personalized jerseys to show off their fandom for their favorite teams and many NBA players have some great ones. Oklahoma City Thunder star Kevin Durant who grew up in the Washington D.C. area got a pretty nice personalized for the Major League Baseball team in the area, the Washington Nationals. Check out KD’s personalized jersey in the below photo...
Via That NBA Lottery Pick
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Bryce Harper got custom helmet from D.C. firefighter

When Bryce Harper began to prepare for the Washington Nationals’ imminent and inevitable division-clinching win last week, he realized he wanted to do something special. Or better put, wear something special. That’s why the Nationals slugger reached out to the D.C. firefighter community to make a personal request. In a since-deleted tweet, Harper asked the […] The post Bryce...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Jayson Werth as Indiana Jones on front page of today's Express

So much to love about the front page of this morning's WaPo Express, featuring Jayson Werth as Indiana Jones, and the World Series trophy as the Idol from Raiders of the Lost Ark. Admittedly the "It's Theirs for the Taking" headline makes us just a little nervous... (Image via Express online. H/T @angielynn10 via @JWerthsBeard)
Via Nationals Enquirer
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Baseball card: Frank Howard, king of power in Washington

In honor of the Washington Nationals clinching the NL East title, here’s a D.C. favorite. Frank Howard didn’t play on any great teams with the Senators, but he was the undisputed king of power in Washington. A massive man at 6-7, 255 pounds, “Hondo” could mash. From 1968 through 1970, he had seasons of 44, 48, and 44 homers. All told, he had 382 career homers. Here are his...
Via Sherman Report
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Fan heckling Harper in Atlanta ejected by umpire

Umpire Tim Welke heard a foul-mouthed fan heckling Bryce Harper and decided it was time for the man to go. Welke took off his mask, pointed to the fan and ejected him from Turner Field in Atlanta during Tuesday night's game between the Washington Nationals and Braves. Welke told The Associated Press on Wednesday that he saw the fan come down to the backstop and start shouting...
Via AP on Fox
2 days ago  |  Discuss

After night of revelry, Nationals scrubs will play hungover Wednesday in Atlanta

The Washington Nationals clinched the National League East on Tuesday night courtesy of a 3-0 victory over the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field. As major league ball clubs are wont to do, the Nats celebrated wildly following the team’s division-clinching victory. The notion that teams engage in such demonstrations of revelry despite the fact they […] The post After night of revelry...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Daily SP Rankings: Thursday, Sep 18

So, who’s the better start: Doug Fister @MIA or Felix Hernandez @LAA? That’s what the rankings are for! (They also say Fister by a hair.) R.A. Dickey @NYY scares me because of the ballpark and the long ball, but I think on average this is an appropriate ranking. Tsuyoshi Wada against the Dodgers could be an interesting start as LA struggles against LHP. Vidal Nuno at Colorado...
Via Baseball Professor
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Braves Fan Ejected For Heckling Bryce Harper

The Braves helped the Nationals clinch their second NL East title in three seasons. One Braves fan didn’t quite make it through the game to see Washington celebrate, as he was ejected for heckling Bryce Harper. [Vine] The post Braves Fan Ejected For Heckling Bryce Harper appeared first on Diehardsport.
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

Bryce Harper heckler gets ejected by home plate umpire

As we learned from our review of all things Clayton Kershaw and Brandon Phillips' signed baseball for a clever heckler, baseball players can appreciate good ribbing from the stands. What nobody can appreciate, let alone tolerate, is ill-tempered, expletive-laced tirades, especially around kids.  During the sixth inning of Tuesday's tilt between the Nationals and Braves at...
Via Fox Sports
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Umpire boots Atlanta Braves fan for profanely taunting Bryce Harper (video)

Razzing — even flat-out taunting — of visiting ballplayers by hometown fans has long been an integral part of baseball. Catcalls, boos, even not-so-nice things about the player and his family (sometimes true but usually not) are all part of the game day experience, something that players usually just shrug off and ignore. That was […] The post Umpire boots Atlanta Braves fan...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Matt Williams delivers victory speech after Nationals clinch NL East (Video)

Here's video of Matt Williams giving his beer-soaked, Robert-Frost-inspired victory speech last night in Atlanta: "We have promises to keep...and miles to go before we sleep"... See also: First in war, first in peace, and first in the NL East More scenes from the Nats' NL East Clinch Party Bryce Haprer in custom DC firefighter helmet during NL East Clinch...
Via Nationals Enquirer
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Braves fan ejected for heckling Bryce Harper (Video)

An Atlanta Braves fan took it a bit too far while trying to distract Bryce Harper on Tuesday night, and he was ejected from the ballpark as a result. During the 6th inning of Washington’s NL East-clinching win over the Braves, a fan could be heard raining four-letter words down on Bryce Harper. “Bryce Harper […]
Via Larry Brown Sports
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Watch: Nationals players celebrate, pop champagne and dance in clubhouse

The Washington Nationals clinched their second NL East title in three years on Tuesday night after defeating their division rivals in Atlanta, 3-0. And they celebrated like champions do. Star players Bryce Harper and Stephen Strasburg were pretty pumped about it. And in case you missed the moment when they clinched and began to celebrate on the field, this photo...
Via The Sports Daily
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Washington Nationals clinch NL East

Your browser does not support iframes. The Washington Nationals won their second National League East title in three seasons by beating the Atlanta Braves, 3-0, at Turner Field on Tuesday night. “We are so proud of this organization,” said Ted Lerner, managing principal owner of the Nationals. “Watching them clinch their second NL East division championship in three years...
Via Sports-Glory
3 days ago  |  Discuss
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